East German Split-Window Reproduction

22 12 2012

A 1951 reproduction from East Gemany of the Volkswagen T1 split-window bus, built onto the chassis of a 1943 Kübelwagen. Following Wikipedia, the Kübelwagen was a light military vehicle produced in Germany in World War II which in turn was based heavily on the early beetle prototypes. This microbus reproduction comes with a full-wooden bodywork and an original Volkswagen 1131 ccm air-cooled flat-four rear engine with 24.5 H.P. The front doors seem to be “suicide doors”, with hinges in the back. Strange that it features already front indicators. The original split-window got them only in 1960. Perhaps they were also added later to this bus? The photo was taken in 2007 at the 60-years-of-VW-Bus festival at Hannover in Germany. More background information in English and German on the second photo. Quiet a remarkable van.

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Cool Rat Look Splittie

22 11 2012

Here is a snapshot from the 60-years-of-kombi anniversary in Hannover in 2007. A split-window from England, with the paint fully sanded off and then protected with clear varnish. A pre-1960 model without indicators on the front. Looks like a Westfalia roof rack in the back, Fuchs wheels and huge bull horns on the roof. What a very cool bus!